Bread & Butter Pickles

To many cucumbers this year in your garden yield? Yep – Me too! Ahh, hate to see them go bad or maybe just tired of having cucumbers 124 times a day to try and eat them before they spoil! Well, I have a great solution to this cucumber mayhem!

Bread and Butter Pickles are the worlds easiest pickles to make I think. You don’t have to go through the fuss of canning and you don’t have to wait that terribly long to enjoy these.

There are many different variations of these pickles and I think that everyone adjusts to their own flavours or liking. Some don’t like garlic others love it, some don’t like chill flakes or dill. But regardless what you use to create your brine they turn into delicious well worth the effort Bread and Butter Pickles! They will turn sweet and tangy and will not disappoint.

These are often made in an old ice cream pail or a small bucket, but you can make in a glass jar as well and they will turn out just as great. Long as you have a lid. The purpose here is to get rid of all those cucumber you have, so no matter what you use they will turn out.

There are old stories about these pickles being called Bread and Butter because people used to eat these with only bread and butter during The Great Depression in the 30’s. This was because no one could afford anything else, the ingredients for this are things that many had on hand already because back then most everybody grew a garden to provide for their families. I remember my grandmother making these when I was a child and hearing stories about these being prepared during tough times and being a staple in a large household.

Bread and Butter pickles are sweet and tangy or a little bit zingy depending on if you add chilly flakes. They take about 6-7 days until they are ready to be eaten in the fridge, and let me tell you it is worth the wait! I am not a canner and honestly don’t have the patience to go through the whole canning process, but these are so simple and such an ideal way to use up any excess cucumbers you have.

You start by cutting your cucumbers into 1/4 inch slices. Slice your onion and peel your garlic, leave whole. Add all to your pail or jar that you will be using. If using a jar stuff as many as you can get in there!

Now for the brine. In a sauce pan you will add vinegar, water and all spices, sugar and salt. Bring to a light rolling boil for 1 minutes stirring every few seconds until all sugar is completely dissolved. Carefully pour into your jar or pail. Allow to cool completely before placing into fridge.

If you are using a jar, it is going to seal naturally once you place the lid on with the hot brine in there, that is okay.

Every other day, go and stir (if in a pail) or shake around (if in a jar). In 6-7 days you can enjoy these wonderful quick and easy Bread and Butter Pickles!

These are truly a great treat to have sitting around for burgers, sandwiches, side snacks. These are also a sweet treat to send with your kids for lunch. And I can promise you will not have them for long once your family and friends get a hold of them!

They become unbelievably crunchy and become very addictive so don’t say I didn’t warn you!!!

Bread and Butter Pickles


  • Ice cream pail, small bucket or a large jar – cleaned with a lid
  • 2 Cups of Vinegar
  • 2 Cups of Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon of Turmeric
  • 1 Teaspoon of Celery Seeds
  • 2-3 Garlic Cloves
  • 2 Cups of Water
  • 2 Teaspoons of Chilli Flacks (optional)
  • 1 Medium Onion thinly slices
  • And of course cucumbers!!! Enough to fill the container you are using on average 4-5 cups slice 1/4 inch thick


  1. In a medium sized pot, combine vinegar, sugar, salt, turmeric, celery seeds, water and chilly flakes. Stir to ensure sugar is broken down and bring to a light boil.
  2. While that is boiling toss in garlic cloves into the bottom of pail/jar, add cucumbers packing them in, then add slices onions and pack again until you can not fit anymore.
  3. Once brine is boiling stir, for about 1 minute and remove from heat. Pour carefully into your pail/jar.
  4. Allow to cool completely then place in the fridge. Every other day stir or shake to mix it up.
  5. By day 6/7 you can enjoy a wonderful Bread and Butter Pickle!


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